Red list countries in UK traffic light system: Full list of holiday destinations currently under travel ban

THE UK is set to introduce a traffic light system for travel this summer – with different requirements for people entering the country from green, amber and red list destinations.

The government already has a red list, with 39 countries currently on it that require anyone travelling from there to UK to isolate in a quarantine hotel for 10 days.

Which countries are on the quarantine hotels list?

The full list of countries which will have to stay at a quarantine hotel are:

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Bangladesh (will be added to list 4am Friday 9 April)
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Burundi
  • Brazil
  • Cape Verde
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Ethiopia
  • Eswatini
  • French Guiana
  • Guyana
  • Kenya (will be added to list 4am Friday 9 April)
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan (will be added to list 4am Friday 9 April)
  • Philippines (will be added to list 4am Friday 9 April)
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Somalia
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • UAE
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

How do the quarantine hotels work?

Quarantine hotels launched in February for all arrivals from "high risk" countries, with a 10-day stay costing travellers £1,750 each.

If passengers leave the quarantine hotel before their 10 days are up, they will be handed a £5,000 coronavirus fine, but this figure can increase up to £10,000.

Travellers coming into England from the red list countries have to book a stay at a quarantine hotel through an online booking platform.

An individual travelling alone will have to pay £1,750 for their ten-day stay, which includes the cost of the hotel, transport from the airport and testing.

However, a second person sharing a room will pay £650, making the total £2,400 for two. The rate for children will be £325.

Passengers are only be able to enter through small number of ports, and they will then be escorted to select hotels that will be closed to general members of the public.

Guests remain in their rooms and not mix with anyone else, with visible security in place.

In addition to their negative Covid test before arrival into England, they then have to take a second and third test on day two and day eight after they enter the country.

Which hotels will be part of the quarantine hotel restrictions?

16 hotels are part of the scheme, with 4,600 rooms available.

What are the rules for amber and green list countries?

People heading to low-risk "green" countries will simply take a virus test before and after they travel, the government said.

Those who are not fully vaccinated that head to amber or red countries will have to self-isolate or quarantine afterwards – with at home or in a hotel, depending on the country.

But vaccinated travellers who head to amber countries, likely to be holiday destinations like Spain and Greece, may be able to skip quarantine.

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